GFMD DELIVER AN ORAL STATEMENT AT THE UN HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

GFMD DELIVER AN ORAL STATEMENT AT THE UN HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENTOn July 19th at the 2019 UN High-Level Segment held at the United Nations HQ, GFMD, represented by Owais Aslam, Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the GFMD Steering Committee, delivered an oral statement. In this statement, our network called for the strengthening of pluralistic and independent media and journalism on the road […]

Ex-servicemen body supports Pemra’s restrictions

Ex-servicemen body supports Pemra’s restrictionsISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) has supported the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) decision to impose restrictions on TV channels over inviting retired military officers to their talk shows and other programmes as defence analysts. A statement issued by the PESS on Sunday said that the society distanced itself from a decision taken […]

Right of freedom of speech not absolute: SC

Right of freedom of speech not absolute: SCISLAMABAD-  The Supreme Court has observed that the right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution is not absolute. The top court has further observed that the said right cannot be stretched to cover a speech, comment or publication which may tend to influence, impede, embarrass or obstruct the […]

SC endorses Pemra’s 2016 restriction on Indian content

SC endorses Pemra’s 2016 restriction on Indian contentISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed Pemra’s (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) 2016 decision of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content. A three-judge SC bench consisting of Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan granted leave to an appeal moved by Pemra and suspended the July 18, 2017 order of the […]

Freedom: the great debate

Freedom: the great debateWhen the fundamental rights to ‘liberty’ and ‘dignity’ guaranteed by Articles 9 and 14 of the constitution have limited real-life utility, the heavily conditioned Article 19 promising free speech is dead in the water. Why? Because we are a society where deference to authority is ingrained at every stage of one’s socialisation, where ‘freedom’ is […]

Data collection under RTI laws helps in investigation journalism

Data collection under RTI laws helps in investigation journalismKarachi, Feb 8:  For better investigative stories it is necessary for reporters to gather important data from related departments using the laws of right to information, said PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali. Speaking to the participants of a training workshop on use of RTI Act, he said these laws have ensured more transparency and […]